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S5W-01957: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the departure of consultants, what steps it is taking to ensure that people in the NHS Grampian area with Parkinson's disease have access to (a) a locally-based consultant and (b) nursing care at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 September 2016

It is for NHS boards and health and social care partnerships to plan and provide services that meet the needs of local people, whilst being consistent with national policies and frameworks established by the Scottish Government.

NHS Grampian has confirmed however, that for patients aged 65 or less, a visiting clinic is being provided by its specialist neurology team which is normally based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This service will be via video conferencing with a clinical nurse specialist on site with patients. A part-time clinician has been responsible for patients aged over 65 with Parkinson’s disease within the Moray area. This staff member began a years sabbatical on 31 August 2016 and the post is currently being covered by a full-time locum.

NHS Grampian advises that it currently has one Parkinson’s disease clinical nurse specialist based in Seafield Hospital, Buckie, who covers the Moray population and receives referrals from Dr Gray’s Hospital. There is a weekly clinic held at Dr Gray’s Hospital along with a range of clinics delivered locally at other locations across Moray. The board is planning to train two advanced nurse practitioners to support the neurology service in Moray.